Liverpool haven’t made many missteps in the transfer market since Michael Edwards took over the recruitment department. The Reds have identified value for money signings and turned them into world class players. For a while there were question marks over a club record signing made by Edwards but those doubts have been put to rest – Jürgen Klopp now faces a selection headache with Naby Keita utterly undroppable.
Big money, big responsibility
Liverpool agreed a £48m deal to sign Keita in 2017 with the player joining the club the following summer.
The Guinean was a club record signing at the time, with his fee surpassing the £35m paid to Newcastle United for Andy Carroll.
Having waited a year for his arrival and having paid a tremendous amount of money for his services it is safe to say that there was a lot expected of the former RB Leipzig midfielder.
Stop start arrival
In a story as old as time Keita failed to really get going during the start of his Anfield career. The midfielder was regularly picking up niggling injuries, preventing him from getting a run of games in the team.
According to Transfermarkt the player has missed around 28 games through injury since arriving at Anfield.
Some fans started asking questions of the Guinean, wondering why we spent so much money on a player who couldn’t stay fit and couldn’t show his worth when he did manage to get into the side.
Unavailable to unplayable
Since the restart of the Premier League we have seen Naby Keita finally hit the heights promised when he was brought in.
The Guinean has been a livewire in the Reds midfield, regularly creating opportunities for those around him, winning the ball back with sheer determination and even popping up with a goal.
Against Chelsea we saw the very best of Naby Lad with the midfielder scoring a wonder goal to put the Reds ahead at Anfield, thumping one in off the crossbar with the keeper helpless.
The form that Keita has shown in recent months has made him utterly undroppable. Jürgen Klopp has a selection headache on his hands next season.
If the Reds persist with a 4-3-3 then Klopp has a decision to make: Gini Wijnaldum or Naby Keita?
We can assume that Fabinho and Jordan Henderson’s places in the side are pretty safe, leaving one vacant slot to be fought over between Gini and Naby.
With Naby being four years younger than Gini we may see Jürgen prioritising the Guinean given that he has more of a long term future in the club, it is vital that Nabs is ready to dominate our midfield when Gini and Hendo are well into their 30s.